"super strength and super flexibility comes from the breath."
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Patthabi Jois about Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha.wmv (by marionax karuna)
Remembering Pattabi Jois…
The 9 Drishtis
“Dṛṣṭi means gazing point. There are nine dṛṣṭis in the āsana practice. If the dṛṣṭi indicated for the āsana is too difficult, one may always revert to nāsāgra dṛṣṭi. With time and practice, the proper dṛṣṭi for each posture will be possible. Dṛṣṭi improves concentration and brings about a realization of oneness during the practice. With the gaze focused in one place during our practice, we can be more present in the postures. This focus and awareness can carry over into our daily life.”
~ Sharath Jois:
“By practicing these drishti (dṛṣṭi) points the mind no longer looks around, observing or judging, but instead becomes focused and soft. In the vinyasa system, drishti is one of the vital components to draw prana inwards. Prana follows awareness. If our awareness is scattered then our prana will mirror those same qualities and it will be evident in our behavior and life choices on and off the mat.”
~ Magnolia Zuniga
The 9 Drishtis
1 - Tip of the nose - Nasagra Drishti
2 - Up to space - Urdva Drishti
3 - Third Eye - Brumadya Drishti
4 - Tip of the middle finger - Hastagra Drishti
5 - Tip of the thumb - Angushta Drishti
6 - Right Side - Parshva Drishti
7 - Left Side - Parshva Drishti
8 - Navel - Nabi Drishti
9 - Tip of the big toe - Padagra Drishti
Guruji: “Yoga is an internal practice, the rest is just a circus”
Credits, References, Notes:
Please consult your teacher regarding correct drishti. For ease in reading for non-Sanskrit speakers, we have chosen to spell sanskrit words phonetically rather than using diacritic marks.
R. Sharath Jois, AṢṬĀṄGA YOGA ANUṢṬHĀNA.
Magnolia Zuniga: http://on.fb.me/17EBEyF
The Yoga Comics
Awesome Editor: Jessica Walden and Elise Espat(Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala
Cartoon guy: Boonchu Tanti , Ashtanga Illustrations by Boonchu
“Hanuman is considered to be the embodiment of what ayurveda calls the “three vital essences”—Prana, Tejas, and Ojas. Prana is the life force, the Air element that gives us energy, intelligence and adaptability. Tejas, the purified Fire element, gives us glowing health, strength and courage, and penetrating insight. Ojas, the essential Water element, keeps us juicy in mind, body, and heart and gives us endurance and devotion
The character of Hanuman teaches us of the unlimited power that lies unused within each one of us. Hanuman directed all his energies towards the worship of Lord Rama, and his undying devotion made him such that he became free from all physical fatigue. And Hanuman’s only desire was to go on serving Rama. Hanuman perfectly exemplifies ‘Dasyabhava’ devotion — one of the nine types of devotions — that bonds the master and the servant. His greatness lies in his complete merger with his Lord, which also formed the base of his genial qualities.”
Sharath Jois also told story…
“In the great Indian epic, The Ramayana, there is a battle between the Demon King Ravana and Hanuman. Ravana is shooting arrows at Hanuman and Hanuman says to Ravana, “you can’t kill me because I am in your heart. Shooting arrows at me is just shooting arrows at yourself.” And so this also shows that Hanuman is in all of us and if we can tap into that place within and focus on our heart (love) instead of all the greed, fighting, internal/external judgement, Hanuman comes to life and leads us on the path to freedom.”
“Unlimited inner strength can only be awakened when it is in the service of Love….When we align ourselves with that love and act in service of that love, anything is possible.”
The Yoga Comics
Awesome Editor: Jessica Walden and Elise Espat
Cartoon guy: Boonchu Tanti, Ashtanga Illustrations by Boonchu
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